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Although it feels very of the moment, remote work has been on the rise for years now. That said, the recent and rapid expansion of work-from-home culture presents new security challenges. How can employees access all their applications without exposing mission-critical information to unnecessary risk? How can organizations allow employees to use their devices on unsecured networks, and ensure that users keep their operating systems and software up to date? There’s a lot to think about. Enter the zero-trust approach.

 

What is Zero-Trust?

At its basic level zero-trust is a comprehensive approach to securing all access across your applications and environment, from any user, device, and location. It’s about verifying the validity of every access request no matter where, who, or what it comes from, and providing only the required access. This should be something every organization remains focused on even in the middle of other challenges.

 

Prevent Data Breaches Before They Happen

A zero-trust approach secures access to everything across your entire IT environment. It allows you to prevent a data breach before it happens by enabling policy-based controls for every access attempt to your applications, workloads and network. With a zero-trust approach, you can gain visibility into who and what is accessing applications, workloads & the network to identify risks and indicators of a breach of trust. Finally, you can reduce your overall attack surface, contain breaches and stop attacker lateral movement by enforcing granular controls, allowing you to segment your network and workloads.

Traditional security approaches assume that anything inside the corporate network can be trusted. The reality is that this assumption no longer holds true, thanks to mobility, BYOD (bring your own device), IoT, cloud adoption, increased collaboration, and a focus on business resiliency. A zero-trust model considers all resources to be external and continuously verifies trust before granting only the required access.

A zero-trust approach:

  • Establishes trust in every access request, no matter where it comes from
  • Secures access across your applications and network
  • Extends trust to support a modern enterprise across the distributed network

 

Why Adopt the Zero-Trust Model

With the zero-trust model, you gain better visibility across your users, devices, containers, networks, and applications because you are verifying their security states with every access request. You can reduce your organization’s attack surface by segmenting resources and only granting the absolute minimum access needed. Adopting this model provides you with a balance between security and usability. Security teams can make it harder for attackers to collect what they need (user credentials, network access, and the ability to move laterally), and users can get a consistent and more productive security experience–regardless of where they are located, what endpoints they are using, or whether their applications are on-premises or in the cloud.

Security is not a one-size-fits-all proposition, even within the same enterprise environment. When approaching security design using the Zero Trust model it is easier to break adoption down into three pillars: the workforce, workload, and workplace. These align with the model proposed by Forrester to simplify adoption. There are nuances to be addressed in each area and applying zero trust principles looks a little different while all working toward the same goal. Whether being driven by remote working, or the continued adoption of cloud services, it is important to develop and implement a Zero Trust security strategy.

 

Zero-Trust Security Solution

The Duo-Cisco joint solution enables customers to deploy zero-trust security measures both inside and outside the corporate network. Duo’s multi-factor authentication (MFA) and device trust is a great start for enterprises to secure the workforce on their zero-trust journey. With Duo, it’s easy to get user and device trust for every application.

 

Cisco Duo allows enterprises to easily:

  • Verify the identity of all users with Duo’s easy, one-tap-approval 2FA (two-factor authentication)
  • Gain visibility into all devices managed and unmanaged to ensure they meet your security standards, before granting them access
  • Enforce access security policies based on user, device, and application risk
  • Streamline the user login workflow with a single dashboard to access all applications
  • Secure access to all on-premises and cloud applications with native integrations
  • Provide clientless remote access for multi-cloud environments and remote workers

 

Your Trusted Security Solutions Provider

AlphKOR offers security solutions that are designed to deliver the best, reliable, and secure solutions for your organization and workforce. To learn more about zero-trust solutions and securing your team with Cisco Duo, contact us today!

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